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Semifinals set at Match Play

Updated: February 22, 2014, 7:49 PM ET
Associated Press

MARANA, Ariz. -- The love-hate relationship Ernie Els has with the Match Play Championship is taking a major turn for the better.

Els made a birdie from the desert on the par-5 eighth hole to take the lead for good Saturday against 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, reaching the semifinals in this fickle tournament for the first time in 13 years.

It was the first time all week that Els made more birdies than bogeys, yet he somehow has survived.

"At times I haven't played my ...

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